M.D., Ph.D., Associate professor, neurosurgeon
Leena Kivipelto has been performing cervical and lumbar spine surgery in the private sector from the latter half of the 1990s. She is interested in the opportunities provided by Helsinki Hospital for expanding private health care services into the field of brain surgery. She specializes in endoscopic pituitary surgery and cerebrovascular surgery.
Leena Kivipelto became interested in natural science and biology in upper secondary school, and this led her to study medicine. She studied medicine in Helsinki and became interested in the functioning of the nervous system, the central nervous system in particular. Her doctoral thesis was in the field of basic brain research.
‘That’s how I became interested in neurology and neurosurgery. I immediately became fascinated by neurosurgery when I started as trainee doctor in the clinic. From then on, it was very clear to me which specialization I would choose.’
Many people may think that a surgeon’s job is very mechanical, just operating on patients. This is a misconception that Leena Kivipelto wants to correct. Her job involves meeting people face to face and helping them, making decisions and taking responsibility.
‘Technical skills and demanding operations are part of the job, but a very important part of my work involves assessing risks and considering the best and safest solutions in co-operation with patients and their families.’
‘Much of my work is about meeting patients and their families. In this field of medicine, we often treat patients with life-threatening acute conditions, which means that we meet people who are going through a major crisis. This involves a great responsibility.’
Helsinki Hospital is located on Bulevardi, and it is easy to reach by public transport. From the centre of Helsinki, trams 6 and 3 stop on Bulevardi. Get off on Bulevardi, at the Fredrikinkatu stop, which is right in front of the hospital. Buses 14 and 18 arrive at the nearby Albertinkatu. Get off at the Iso Roobertinkatu stop. If you are arriving by taxi, the main entrance is located on Bulevardi.
If you are arriving by car, you can park on Bulevardi, Fredrikinkatu, Annankatu or in the vicinity. Parking is subject to a fee. The closest parking area is Autopark Bulevardi. The address for GPS navigators is: Bulevardi 23–27, Helsinki There are also paid car parks in the vicinity, for example Q-Park Iso Erottaja, Yrjönkatu 8.
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